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Lynette Kigotho
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    1. Disproportionate power between men and women and harmful gender stereotypes causes violence. The belief that girls do not deserve some opportunities but boys do e.g Mercy was denied an opportunity to pursue her love for sports since it was deemed a boys affair. She wasn’t able to pursue secondary school, but the brothers did. As a teenager, due to her disadvantaged level, Mercy was vulnerable to abuse and Clinton took advantage of this, probably sex in exchange for for the small gifts.
    2. Economic dependence: after getting babies, she had no option but to fully depend on Clinton for survival.
    3. Perpetuating harmful norms: the community tolerates norms such as wife beating, early marriage, etc.